Charcoal Grill Instructions


1. Unbox your charcoal grill and remove all packaging materials.

2. Screw legs firmly into the sockets on the bottom of firebox. (If folding legs, extend legs, and secure gravity locks.)


Set Up

1. All Big John products are designed for Outdoor Use Only.

2. Place grill on a level area clear of combustible items and remove grill top.

3. Line firebox with aluminum foil to improve heat reflection. After coals are cold, crumble aluminum foil with ash inside and dispose of in an approved manner.

4. For a 5 foot grill, begin with 30-40 lbs. of charcoal briquettes.

5. Place charcoal briquettes in two or three even piles in firebox and ignite according to charcoal manufacturers recommendations.

6. Before placing grill top over hot coals, spray grill top with vegetable oil to prevent food from sticking to the grill top.

7. Remove the grill top immediately after cooking. This will aid in cleanup and prevent grease from baking on.



1. All Big John products are designed for Outdoor Use Only.

2. Placing pots, pans, or other cooking accessories on the grill top can be dangerous and is not recommended. This grill is for designed for direct cooking only. Only place food for direct cooking onto the grill top.

3. When coals are ready, evenly distribute throughout the firebox. A thickness of 1-2 briquettes is ideal for cooking.

4. Select desired cooking height and slide grill top onto firebox. Make sure it has previously been sprayed with vegetable oil to prevent food from sticking.

5. We recommend adding 10-15 lbs. of charcoal each hour while the grill is in use.

6. Keep a spray bottle filled with water handy. It is helpful in reducing flare-ups while cooking.


Care and Cleaning

1. When finished cooking, remove the grill top to prevent the grease from baking on. This makes cleanup easier.

2. When all the coals are cool, crumble foil with ashes inside and dispose of contents in an approved manner. WARNING: Never pour water on hot coals to extinguish. This can warp the firebox.

3. When grill top has cooled, clean separately. Grill top can be cleaned using commercial grill cleaners like BIG JOHN’S Booster Bead Cleaner, and a pressure washer. Excessive carbon build up can be removed using a non-metallic scouring pad like Scotch-Brite. Do not use a wire brush.

4. Clean firebox with a solution of hot, soapy water to insure the longevity of your grill. Firebox must be clean and dry before storing.


How to Cook Chicken on Charcoal Grills

1. Chicken Halves are preferred lor charcoal grilling and should be thawed prior to cooking.

2. Chicken should be a minimum of 3 inches above the charcoal to minimize flareups and produces juicier chicken.

3. Marinades are usually applied prior to cooking, otherwise, they should not be used.

4. A spray bottle filled with water is useful to reduce flare-ups.


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